Reading just 5 minutes of this guide could save you hundreds of pounds in costly mistakes.
This has been up for debate for as long we've known how to grow and sell turf. There is no best time to lay turf.
Really. I know anticlimactic. This answer is one you need to hear though - its helpful, I promise.
You can lay turf any time of year.
Now, a caveat to this, is in Winter, where your turf will most likely lay dormant until the soil starts to heat up again (around spring time). Well doesn’t that mean you shouldn't lay it in the Winter? No, it doesn’t. For a lot of people the only time they get off (where they can spend it on the garden and not everything else) is near Christmas time. As long as the temperature is warm enough that surrounding grass (and ground) is not frozen, then, laying turf (in your only spare time) is a great option!
Whilst the turf is cold, and would last a day or two on a pallet, we recommend laying the turf the same day you receive it. This reduces the chance of sod heating, and damaging your fresh, new grass.
As mentioned above, if the surrounding grass & ground aren’t frozen, then we would advise laying the turf straight away. Ideally on the same day as receiving the turf. If you don’t have time to lay the turf on the same day of receipt, throw a piece of tarpaulin over the pallet to reduce the chance of the turf rolls freezing.
Frozen turf is as good as dead turf - we will cover this soon.
Please note: Covering turf should only be done in Winter. Covering turf in Summer will nearly always increase the risk of Sod Heating and you will be left with dead grass that won’t grow.
IMPORTANT: Do not unroll turf rolls whilst they're frozen.
Unrolling Turf whilst frozen will crack the turf roots in half and leave you with dead turf.
If your turf appears frozen, allow it to thaw out, before unrolling.
Worms do a fantastic job of aerating the soil, and having Worm Casts is a clear indication your soil is in a good state. That being said, they are quite unsightly and they're surprisingly easy to remove. Simply wait for them to dry and then use a brush and brush them off. Is it really that simple? Yes, it's an easy problem to fix.
Toad stools are actually really common, especially for newly laid turf. The reason for this is topsoil has bacteria that gets 'activated' when the turf rolls start to get warmer through a natural process (composting), when sitting on a pallet rolled up.
Removing them is just as easy as worm casts, as Toad Stools are virtually all water. You can either wait for them shrivel (and dry) up & then brush them with a hard brush. Or you can use a Watering Can and Fairy Liquid which is reported to act as a catalyst and speed up this process.
We see this issue all the time, and it's easily preventable. Purchasing these rocks online, is a reliable and cheap way to prevent this problem. Simply place these rocks in your dogs drinking bowl and they will work to neutralise their urine.
Another solution is to grab your watering can and (quickly) after your dog has urinated, simply sprinkle a reasonable amount of water on the patch to wash away the negative chemicals.
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